Evolution of Oral Health Professional’s Education in Europe: The O-HEALTH-EDU project outcomes

Ilze Akota, Julia R. Davies, Jonathan Dixon, James Field, Gerber Gabor, Maria Cristina Manzanares-Cespedes, Denis Murphy, Corrado Paganelli, Barry Quinn, Valerie Roger-Leroi, Stéphanie Tubert-Jeannin, Sibylle Vital

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Numerous projects (DentEd, Dent CPD) and other activities have been carried out to harmonise dental education and quality assurance systems in Europe.

The Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) has played an important role by enhancing the quality of education, advancing the professional development of dental educators, and supporting research in education and training of Oral Health Professionals (OHPs).

Currently work continues on the EU Erasmus + project entitled O-Health-Edu “Advancing Oral Health: A vision for dental Education”. This project is coordinated by the University of Clermont Auvergne (France) with the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) and 8 other university partners, including Riga Stradins University.

The objectives of this project are to gain a valid understanding of the realities of dental education within Europe, to enable a shared understanding and a common vision for the future of OHP Education among European stakeholders and policy makers, and finally, to define priorities for a strategic vision and support changes for OHP education.

A recent scoping review revealed significant gaps in our knowledge of how education of OHPs is implemented and delivered across Europe, being both limited and somewhat outdated (Dixon et al., 2021).

One specific outcome of the project is created resource where terms specifically related to OHPs education are clearly defined and explained, called “Articulate”. The resource is now freely available online and feedback from the OHP education community is expected. This can be found, with free online access, at https://o-health-edu.org/articulate

The process of collection of programme-level data on OHPs Education across Europe is underway. Outcomes will also improve the visibility of OHP programmes across Europe, to all interested stakeholders. The O-Health-Edu data hub presents a ‘summary card’ for each institution that has completed the survey and created a profile. This information is accessible at https://o-health-edu.org/ohe-datahub-directory.

O-Health-Edu’s longitudinal vision for the education of OHPs in Europe into the future, to 2040 acts in the best interests of both students and patients, and sits within the context of a wider strategy for general health. The involvement of multiple stakeholders (educators and clinicians, international and national bodies, regulators and students) has enabled the creation of a shared vision, built through consensus. The Vision is now freely available online (Field et al 2022) and a representative visual can also be accessed at www.adee.org/ohe/vision-and-charter
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event10th Congress of Baltic Association for Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery and 16th Joint Symposium Riga-Rostock: Emerging Technologies in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery - Krogus iela 1, Zemgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1048, Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 3 Jun 20224 Jun 2022
Conference number: 10


Congress10th Congress of Baltic Association for Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery and 16th Joint Symposium Riga-Rostock
Abbreviated titleBAMPS 2022
Other10th BAMPS Congress and16th Joint Symposium Riga-Rostock
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Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 5.3 Educational sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.4. Other publications in conference proceedings (including local)


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